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4-star QB Dakereon Joyner commits to South Carolina on Father’s Day in honor of late dad

Dakereon Joyner

Four-star dual-threat quarterback Dakereon Joyner has committed to South Carolina, he announced Sunday at a ceremony at his high school in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Joyner purposely revealed his decision on Father’s Day in honor of his late father Damond Alton Joyner, who died of a heart attack in his sleep at age 35. Dakereon Joyner was 9 at the time.

Joyner chose the Gamecocks over NC State, his other finalist. Alabama at one time also had been a finalist, but later removed them as an option.

Other offers for Joyner include ones from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

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The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Joyner, who attends Fort Dorchester High, received an offer from South Carolina when he was an eighth grade – a time when Steve Spurrier was the Gamecocks’ coach. Current South Carolina tight ends coach Pat Washington and co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper now serve as Joyner’s primary and secondary recruiters.

Joyner plans to enroll early at South Carolina this January.

According to 247Sports Composite, Joyner is a top-10 dual-threat quarterback and top-five overall prospect in South Carolina. He’s also ranked as a top-230 overall prospect in the nation.

As a junior, Joyner was named the South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year after throwing for 3,642 yards and 44 touchdowns and rushing for 1,089 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Joyner also recently participated in the Elite 11 Finals as one of the nation’s top quarterbacks in the 2018 recruiting class.

With his announcement, South Carolina now has nine commitments in its 2018 recruiting class and its first quarterback.

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